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Isolation & Loneliness: Information Talk

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Entry Fee: Free
Virtual Online
October 9
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Peter O’Toole

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Isolation & Loneliness: Information Talk

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Event: 90 minute information talk: Isolation & Loneliness

Date and time: Monday 9th October@ 2pm – 3.30pm

Location: Online through MS Teams. Link will be provided prior to event by email. Training on accessing Teams available. It will also be possible to dial into the event on phone only.

Participants: 40 maximum

Cost: Free of Charge

Workshop Facilitator: Peter O’Toole, Head of Counselling, Wellbeing & Emotional Support: NCBI

World Mental Health Day is Tuesday, October 10th. The theme for 2023, set by the World Foundation of Mental Health, is ‘Mental health is a universal human right’ To mark this event, The Counselling, Wellbeing & Emotional Support Team are delivering an information talk on the topic of Isolation & Loneliness.

Loneliness is a strong predictor of health and quality of life. A detailed overview of loneliness in the European Union (2023) found that loneliness is most prevalent in Ireland as over 20% of respondents reported feeling lonely. In addition, research has highlighted how isolation and the importance of social support are a frequent theme impacting the lives of visually impaired individuals and those with sight difficulties.

Isolation/Loneliness is a very prevalent presenting issue for those who present to our counselling service. Nonetheless, through finding solutions such as increased interactions with peers, engaging with appropriate services and building on core strengths and interests, this can often be an issue that can be resolved or at least lessened.


  • An overview of the prevalence of Isolation & Loneliness in Ireland
  • Isolation and Loneliness and relationship with Sight Loss/Visual Impairment
  • How to reduce isolation and loneliness – techniques and strategies, reducing the risks. Input from participants.
  • Signposting to available supports.

Note: this is an information talk to review and discuss the topic and allow for better education on Isolation & Loneliness and its impact– not a counselling or psychological intervention.  For those who require additional support, advice will be presented on how to access this.